New Statue in New Port

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Richard Gray Gallery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JAUME PLENSA: WATER’S SOUL, 2020
September 9, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY — Gray is pleased to announce the unveiling of Water’s Soul, 2020, a new site-specific sculpture by internationally renowned artist Jaume Plensa. Standing 80 feet tall, Water’s Soul is the artist’s tallest public sculpture to-date and will be permanently installed in the Newport development on the Hudson River in Jersey City, New Jersey. The sculpture will be dedicated on site in a ceremony on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

Overlooking the Hudson River directly across from Lower Manhattan, Water’s Soul depicts the serene face of a young subject holding a finger to her lips in a state of silent contemplation. The sculptural portrait, though monumental in scale, humbly gestures for quietude, a beckoning towards empathetic self-reflection. With great ethereal beauty, Plensa’s site-specific installation serves as a tribute to the Hudson River, aligning with the artist’s ongoing interest in bodies of water as proxies for humankind. “Water is a marvelous metaphor for humanity,” Plensa reflects. “One drop of water is quite alone, like a single person, but many drops together can create a tidal wave, and form immense rivers and oceans; When individuals come together to exchange ideas and create community, we can build something incredibly powerful.”

Water’s Soul nods to the historic Hudson River waterfront pier on which it is situated, a locale that bore witness to much of the trade coming in and out of New York City on ferries and rail barges during the 19th and early-20th centuries. Plensa’s site-specific sculpture acknowledges this past while expressing the collective hope for humanity to build a better world. “As climate change already threatens to take hold of our beautiful planet, we must join together to protect water as one of the most precious elements in nature. It is not owned by anyone but belongs to all of us. Water is the source of life, and Water’s Soul is a celebration of life.”

The LeFrak and Simon families, developers of Newport’s waterfront community, selected Plensa to create a work for this site, recognizing the artist’s ability to convey a message of hope for humanity’s future. “Over the course of three decades, Newport has blossomed into a vibrant, diverse community. We are proud to welcome Jaume Plensa’s breathtaking sculpture to this one-of-a-kind neighborhood as we continue to establish Newport within the growing art scene taking shape in Jersey City,” states Richard LeFrak, Chairman and CEO of the LeFrak Organization. “After a generation of incredible work, determination, and investment, this area has been truly transformed from what was once barren land into a vibrant, thriving community,” says David Simon, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Simon. “This magnificent Jaume Plensa sculpture is a phenomenal representation of the cultural sense of place that Newport embodies.”

“It is my wish for Water’s Soul to become an icon for Newport and a landmark that visually connects it with New York City across the Hudson River,” says Plensa. “Just as Water’s Soul acts to unite the city of Jersey City and New York City, we are reminded that water is the great public space that unites and embraces communities as well as people around the world.”
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I don't buy it...
 

mxmx

Hall of Fame
Some images on this statue seemed fake. Has anyone physically seen this statue in person?
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
I don't get it either....

No, wait... an overwhelming serene calmness is starting to take hold. I am feeling at peace with the world again... Just allow yourself to succumb to the tranquility. Perhaps this mantra will help:

 

mmk

Hall of Fame
Some images on this statue seemed fake. Has anyone physically seen this statue in person?
I haven't seen that one, but I have seen this one:

I really liked it
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
I recall reading that the most densely populated under-100,000 city in America is Guttenberg, NJ, one of those Lincoln Tunnel towns right on the river next to Jersey City, the entire town being about 0.25 square miles and containing nothing but skyscraper condos so close to each other you can hold hands with someone from the next building.
 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
Corrected for the 2021 vibe:

I recall reading that the most densely populated under-100,000 city in America is Guttenberg, NJ, one of those Lincoln Tunnel towns right on the river next to Jersey City, the entire town being about 0.25 square miles and containing nothing but skyscraper condos so close to each other you can punch or strangle someone from the next building.
 

mxmx

Hall of Fame
I haven't seen that one, but I have seen this one:

I really liked it
They too look as if they could be fake. 3d models. The lighting seems off. Could be wrong.
 

mmk

Hall of Fame
They too look as if they could be fake. 3d models. The lighting seems off. Could be wrong.
It is definitely something that messes with your head when you see it in person. As an aside, the VMFA is a really nice art museum.
 
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